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Your living room may be the place where members of your family gather on a comfy leather couch to relax after a busy day—but did you also know that your living room is the perfect place to show off your personal style? The best thing about upping the style in your living room is that you don't need to invest in a full-out remodel; all you need are the right accents.

What Are Living Room Accents?

Living room accents are used to emphasize the decor of your living room. That being said, accents are available in all types. The purpose of living room accents is to add visual interest and drama to the room with color and style.

What makes the world of living room accents so exciting is that virtually every item in your living room can count as one.

On the Windows

Contemporary Curtains for Living Room Accent

Many homeowners, when thinking about ways to add punch to their living room style, completely forget about the windows. The drapery you choose can add lots of visual punch to your living room. The bonus is that drapery doesn’t take up any space and is available in a nearly endless range of textures, colors, and patterns.

To ensure the highest visual impact, you’ll want to look at the rest of your living room first. If it already contains a lot of neutral colors, such as a beige recliner couch, choosing neutral drapes will only cause them to blend in. In a neutral setting, drapery with bold colors will attract the eye.

How do you choose the right drapery for your living room? One way is to see what colors already exist, and then choose drapery containing those colors to bring the room together. If you don’t have any pops of color, it’s time to find hues you like in the form of pillows, vases, or other small pieces and purchase your drapery to match.

The added bonus of bold drapery is that it attracts the eye to the windows, which can create the perception of a larger and more airy room.

On the Walls

Many homeowners choose to be bold by painting an accent wall in vibrant hues. Whether your living room has an accent wall or not, drawing the eye and creating a feeling of welcome and warmth is easy to do.

Hanging a collection of family photos on one wall over your luxury sofa is an easy and affordable way to create an accent wall and to make the room more personal. Of course, you're not limited to the walls if you want to add warmth; you can add a lot of individuality by installing shelves to hold special handmade gifts from the kids or other family members.

Something Natural

Believe it or not, aside from a comfortable couch, live plants also make terrific accents for your living room. The other advantage is that plants can help keep the air fresh, depending on the kind you choose. When shopping for plants, you'll discover there are hundreds of species and styles.

The greatest thing about adding plants is that there are no hard and fast rules. This can make it difficult to choose the right plants for you. If your drapery is in a neutral color, having a hanging plant can do the job of drawing the eye upward and outward.

Living Room With Blue Accent Wall and Decorations
Succulants on Living Room Table

Framing a large window with plants can really make your style stand out, whether they are potted and on the floor beside your leather couch, or hanging from the ceiling. You can have any amount of variety you like, from sparse to jungle; it really is all up to you.

From the Ground Up

Succulants on Living Room Table

As we said before, living room accents can include virtually any item. This includes your floor covering. Just as with your drapes, there are many style, color, and pattern options available for accent rugs.

For your living room, a rug that is soft, comfortable, and warm is the ideal option, as this type of rug will make all who use this room feel good about being in it. Of course, wall-to-wall carpeting is also a great option for adding warmth and comfort to your living room.

Just as with other aspects of your living room design, there are no hard and fast rules with your floor coverings. You can opt to leave a bare hardwood floor covered by a plush accent or area rug. Or, install wall-to-wall carpeting and lay a plush rug on top for extra comfort when sitting on your sofa.

What You're Sitting On

Although the leather sofa and chair in your living room are larger pieces, you will also want to consider how they are contributing to your living room’s overall style, as they are accent pieces also.

Just like what's under your feet, the furniture in your living room will contribute to how comfortable you feel while you’re enjoying your downtime. If you’ve had your furniture for a while, it might be time to seek out new pieces.

Remember, you can always add loads of style and comfort with another commonly missed accent piece: the pillows. Today's home furniture stores offer a multitude of styles and colors and, again, anything goes. In fact, adding a few brilliantly colored or patterned pillows to your living room may be enough to achieve the look you're after.

Along with pillows, the blankets or throws you have on your couch and chairs can also make a huge difference to the look of this room. Whether you live in an area that’s warm or cold or one that experiences all of the seasons, there is an ideal weight of blanket for you.

You can choose to match your blanket or throw to the pillows or new leather couch in your living room or choose a variety of colors and patterns for a boho look. Remembering the purpose of your living room can help you stay on track. If your living room is a popular place with lots of traffic, then buying those more expensive coverings may not be the best idea.

The good news is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get something beautiful for your living room. In fact, if you enjoy making things, you can visit your local fabric shop and find just the right fabric and pattern for your home and make your own unique throw.

Tables and Trays

Another living room accent is your coffee table. Again, there are many styles to choose from and, even if you haven't found a coffee table in a style you like, you can make one. How? If you’re into antiques, find a flat-topped chest and place a piece of Plexiglas on top to protect the finish. This style of table can serve double duty, storing magazines and remote controls inside.

Grey Leather Living Room Sofa
Tray on Coffee Table

If antiquing is not your thing, you can place two storage ottomans side by side in front of your luxury sofa, and use one or two large trays as the surface of your coffee table. Trays are ideal because their raised sides prevent liquids from reaching the floor and furniture and are a great help when serving family and guests.

Incorporating unique side tables for the recliner couch in your living room can also have significant style impact. They don’t have to just sit there, either; side tables can include coasters for drinks, be a location for living room lighting, or can even serve as charging stations for your devices.


The style of lighting you use in your living room also matters to its overall look because lamps are accents, too. If your living room has a lot of large and chunky pieces, a skinny floor lamp that can fit behind furniture is ideal.

If style is what you’re after, chandeliers can add lots of elegance. Tiffany-style lamps can add pops of color to inspire the rest of your decor and, even if you just want something functional, today’s beautiful options offer the best of both worlds.

Tray on Coffee Table

Make Your Plan

Your stylish living room may still be a dream, but the quickest way to make that dream a reality is to make a plan. This will make it easier to figure out which accents will work best in your home.

The first step in your planning will be to measure your space. This will tell you which sizes will fit best. The goal here is not to fill your living room with a large bulky leather couch; you’ll want to ensure that your pieces are not so small as to be unusable, but not so large that they block the flow of foot traffic.

Once you have a floor plan, it’s time to decide on a style. You can look to the rest of your home for inspiration or you can choose a completely different look.

Trouble Deciding? Consult a Quality Furniture Retailer

It's true that there are several great options out there for transforming your living room. If you’re still trying to decide on the perfect chair or another piece, speaking with a quality furniture retailer can help. You’ll want to ensure they have a team of experienced design professionals who are dedicated to helping your home look its best.

The team at Douglas Furniture has been providing professional design advice and quality luxury sofas, chairs, and accent pieces since ERROR, NO DEFINITION FOR FUNCTION (opening_year). We know how to get you the quality furniture you want without going beyond your budget.

Our family-run business has helped many homeowners to enjoy their homes to the fullest. Learn more by visiting us today.